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Self-guided activities

News - Many libraries across Virginia lend Nature Backpacks that include a park pass, field guides, dip net, magnifying glass and other items to help you and your kids learn more about the great outdoors. Here's a map of those libraries.

Parks offer ranger-led programs, but there are many activities for guests who prefer to explore on their own, including:

  • Give geo-caching a try. Check out Geocaching Adventure with a different theme and new prizes every year. There are also GPS scavenger hunts, interpretive trails, and many geocaches hidden throughout the park system. GPS units may be rented at park offices.
  • Some parks have brochures, trail guides and checklists for specific topics such as wildflowers and animal tracks. Others offer photo scavenger hunts, fitness challenges, aquatic trails, Junior Ranger booklets, exhibits, orienteering, etc.
  • Park Packs, which include field guides, binoculars and other tools, are designed to help kids learn about the woods, waters and historic sites. The backpacks are lent free of charge. Many parks also have interpretive trails and visitor center exhibits that highlight the park's natural and historical features.
  • Claytor Lake, Grayson Highlands and Hungry Mother have award-winning Kids in Parks Track Trails.

For details on these activities, check the box beside Self Guided Programs on this page. Also call the park you plan to visit ahead of time to learn about other activities.